Sciatica is not actually a condition, it is instead a symptom. Many New Yorkers are dealing with Sciatica, and Midtown Chiropractor, Dr. Ryan Tichauer knows how to help. Sciatica indicates leg pain and potentially numbness tingling or weakness as well. The problem generally originates in the low back and works it's way down through the buttock and down the leg via the sciatic nerve.
Possible symptoms in include one or more of the following:
- Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg (rarely in both legs)
- Pain that is worse when sitting
- Leg pain that is often described as burning, tingling, or searing (versus a dull ache)
- Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg, foot, and/or toes
- A sharp pain that may make it difficult to stand up or walk
- Pain that radiates down the leg and possibly into the foot and toes (it rarely occurs only in the foot)
This needs to be differentiated by Dr. Tichauer in our Rockefeller Center Chiropractic and Wellness office from Piriformis Syndrome, or false sciatica. This can have similar symptoms, but originates from the Piriformis muscle in the buttock area as opposed to the lumbar spine.